(Closed) Trumpet dresses and petite brides

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


I agree that the non-demarcated one will probably simplify things a bit for you in terms of proportions.  Have you considered more of a mermaid so the flare will be further down your legs forther elongating your torso? Just a thought, good luck! How high of a heel are you willing to wear?

Post # 4
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m 5’3″…I custom ordered my dress to have the bodice shortened by 1.5″. They may not be able to do this in alterations but they can do it with a custom order.

Also if you order petite sizing, the proportions are slightly smaller anyway. I’ll try to explain the math as best as I can…For example for my dress, standard sample dress was a size 10, hollow to-hem 60″. For every size down, the length shrinks by .25″ so at size 6, mine would’ve been 59.5″. They measured me as Hope This Helps 57″ with 3-inch shoes on, so the dress would’ve been custom ordered by 2.5″ shorter. I opted to take 1.5″ of that out of the bodice length and 1″ from the skirt (in hindsight I should’ve probably taken it all from the bodice).

Here’s me in the super long store sample. Don’t have pics of the final dress yet but HOPING it will fit right.


Post # 5
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Forgot to say, those are gorgeous dresses. Especially love the first two. Who’s the designer?

Post # 6
28 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would go with the last dress…it is the least busy as far as the style. It looks like it is simple lace and for what you are looking for that seems as if it will be the most flattering after alterations 🙂 But all the dresses are adorable. Whatever makes you feel the best, you can’t go wrong there.

Post # 7
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was in your same situation when I was dress shopping and struggled with my petite size (5’0). I tried on a ton of different styles, but found that the fit-and-flare (modified mermaid) looked best on my shape. I was able to order it hollow to hew so that it would fit my height perfectly and not have to be altered on the hem.

I don’t have a pic of me wearing the dress, but here is a pic of my dress on the model 🙂

Also, I LOVE the 2nd and 3rd dresses in the pics that you posted! So gorgeous!!!


Post # 8
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Which dress did you end up getting?  By the way, on the straight trumpet, with no demarcation, you can add a crinolin to the bottom to make the flare more pronounced.

Post # 9
420 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Gorgeous dresses! You have great taste! I especially love dress #2 and #4! I really like mermaid, but I just don’t feel comfortable wearing it!

Post # 10
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Who is telling you that these alterations cannot be made?  Someone who specializes in bridal gown alterations should have the skill to make any just about any alteration you need to make the dress fit properly.

I’m wearing this dress:

I selected a store sample, because the shop owner offered me 50% off. However, that meant I couldn’t custom order it.  I’m only 5′ tall, and the dress is 6 inches too long. In order to shorten it and not lose the detail at the bottom, the seamstress is cutting and repositioning the lace in several places. She’s also doing something different with the underskirt rather than just hemming it so I don’t lose any of the fullness.

The shop didn’t say no to any of the alterations I asked for, but they did suggest alternatives that they felt would work better with my dress. Ultimately their goal is to make it look as though it was made for me, which should be the same goal of whoever is doing your alterations.

The gowns you’re looking at a beatiful! Since they all have sashes, it seems to me that any of the bodices could be shortened easily. They may have to replace some of the boning, but it doesn’t seem as though that would be difficult.

I wouldn’t give up on getting the dress you really want. You just need to find someone who is really skilled at BRIDAL alterations… Bridal alterations are more difficult than regular alterations, and many place that alter suits and such don’t have the skill or the experience to do alter a wedding gown the way it needs to be done.

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